ON FEBRUARY 20, 2016 FIRST & LAST TAVERN OF GLASTONBURY WAS PRIVY TO A BEAUTIFUL ACT OF KINDNESS:
A woman came in to the restaurant today with the sole purpose of paying it forward. She approached our manager and explained to him that today is her son's birthday. Her son, Luke, unfortunately lost his battle to cancer when he was just 17 months old. Today, Luke would have been celebrating his second birthday. The woman told our manager that she wished to choose a random family currently dining in the restaurant, and issue them a $50.00 gift card to pay for their meal. She also asked our manager to give them whatever balance remained on the card. She noticed another family there with a little boy who looked around the same age as her son, Luke. She decided in that instant, that was the family she wished to anonymously treat and wrote out a quick card explaining about the loss of her son, Luke. She then quickly exited the restaurant, but we think she would love to know the outcome of her act of kindness. Our manager informed the family that their meal had already been paid for, and gave them the gift card with the remaining balance. The family then read this card that came with it and, strangely enough, informed our manager that their son, sitting at the table with them, was also celebrating a birthday today. The very same day as Luke. Their son was turning 3 today. The kindness didn't end there, though. The receiving family then went on to purchase a gift card for us to use later that night, accompanied with this card. That next family, too, chose to pay it forward and this continued on into the next day.
We were so touched by what happened we decided we didn't want this selfless act to end there. That's why we started our Pay It Forward Program. At our restaurants we are fortunate enough to be a community gathering place. We feel that we see the best people walk through our doors, and our Pay It Forward Program is a great way for us to give back. Do you know a family who is always going above and beyond for others? Or maybe who just deserves a nice night out? We want to buy them dinner! Use the form on this page to nominate a family.